Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Cue the Orchestra

I'm sorry, but I just can't help thinking of the Pirates of Penzance every time I hear about Major General Stanley McChrystal, commander of the Joint Special Operations Command. Fortunately for him, he seems to have been promoted to Lieutenant General. Unfortunately for him, he is one of the officers implicated in the wrongful reporting of the friendly-fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, back when he was a mere Major General. Investigators believe that he was "accountable for the inaccurate and misleading assertions" in papers recommending Tillman for a Silver Star. I guess he wasn't the very model of a modern Major General.

By the way, why does a Lieutenant General outrank a Major General?

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